Prac­ti­cal Per­sua­sions

An­to­nia Mar­tel de­signs no-fuss pieces for women who make a lot of mess


When cre­at­ing a col­lec­tion, An­to­nia Mar­tel thinks of the busy but stylish woman. “I am not into trends, I’m into func­tion­al­ity. I cre­ate clothes with a woman who does a lot, from fit­ness train­ing to busi­ness meet­ings in mind. She’s do­ing a lot of things and can’t be both­ered about think­ing about her out­fit. But she still looks good.” It’s a tall or­der but Mar­tel de­liv­ers.

Her lat­est col­lec­tion fea­tures ba­sics like pants and jack­ets but with thought­ful de­tails. She proudly de­clares how the soft sil­very pants she made with cloth sourced from France has a se­cret pocket. A black jacket fea­tures fine de­tails, al­most as if it was em­bossed on the cloth but is de­signed to be a prac­ti­cal bomber jacket, easy to pair with any out­fit. On the other hand, a white sleeveless top she has is both breath­able to layer with or wear even to the beach. When it comes to the color pal­ettes, it’s noth­ing out­side the com­fort zone. “I like work­ing with sim­ple col­ors be­cause they can be eas­ily in­te­grated with what you al­ready have in your closet.”

The woman that Mar­tel thinks about when mak­ing her de­signs isn’t bor­ing at all, how­ever. Like the bub­bly de­signer, she has at­ti­tude. What plays in the back­ground as she works is some Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, and Kate Bush. “Mu­sic and how it makes me feel (or not feel) plays a mas­sive role in my life and my de­sign process.” •

Dresses and trousers from An­to­nia Mar­tel’s lat­est col­lec­tion.

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